The dress itself is really an A-line crew neck dress, but there is a lovely little cuff detail which just somehow adds to it. I have a million buttons stashed and yet how come I always have to go out and buy for particular projects. Anyway, in this case, I think it was worth it - they are a grey/wine marl effect and match really well
The other version of the Marianne has a lovely little Peter Pan collar and you can make a kimono cap sleeve, now that would be lovely for summer, but for now I hope to get a good couple of months wear out of this version and, of course, it will be great for autumn. It's a simple, but great pattern, I wore it today and it was comfy for driving and sitting five hours in an embroidery class!
Incidentally, I like to imagine why designers decide on the names for their patterns. Now it may be that Christine Haynes just liked the name Marianne, but when I looked it up, Marianne (the French name) means 'having the spirit of liberty, equality and fraternity.' I LIKE THAT and I like the dress!